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NBA roundup: Wade avoid suspension

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The NBA did not suspend Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade for hitting Indiana guard Lance Stephenson with a forearm during the fourth quarter in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Wade was assessed a flagrant foul-1 on Sunday after a league review but was not suspended, meaning he was available for Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Sunday night in Indianapolis.

The league also reviewed a elbow by Indiana's David West to the shoulder of Miami's Mario Chalmers during Game 2 on Friday night in Miami but took no further action.

Wade did not speak with reporters on Sunday morning.

While Stephenson was guarded in his comments, saying the elbow caught him off guard, teammate Paul George was more direct.

"It was an uncalled for play," George said before the ruling was handed down. "Whatever the league does about that situation, for what he did to Lance, it's well deserved whatever the punishment is."

The Pacers won Game 2 to tie the series at 1-1.

---The Phoenix Suns are engaged in negotiations with former player Jeff Horncek to become their new coach, according to reports.

Hornacek, who lives in the Phoenix area, and Houston Rockets J.B. Bickerstaff interviewed with the team this week for the vacancy, USA Today reported.

There's also interest in Hornacek, 50, from Charlotte and Philadelphia for their head coaching openings.

---The Milwaukee Bucks are expected to have second interviews with three remaining candidates for their head coaching vacancy.

Hawks head coach Larry Drew, Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, and Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford are the three finalists, according to Yahoo.com.
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